NEWS: City sign Clucas and Taylor


City have this evening confirmed their first signings of the summer, Sam Clucas and Ryan Taylor.

Clucas has arrived for a fee believed to be around £1.3m from League One side Chesterfield, where he impressed last season on the Spireites’ left. Aged 24, he’s already had a storied career, having come through Leicester’s youth set-up only to be released aged 16. He’s since been at Lincoln, Jerez Industrial CF of Spain (as part of Glenn Hoddle’s Academy), Hereford and then Mansfield before arriving at their local rivals last summer. He’s been given a three year contract by City.

His signing is presumably undertaken with an eye on the Robbie Brady situation, which seems virtually certain to culminate in the Irish international joining Norwich for something like £7m.

Meanwhile, Taylor arrives in Hull on a free transfer aiming to rebuild a career cruelly blighted by injury in recent times. A former England U21, his last club was Newcastle, whom he joined in 2009 from Wigan. At the age of 30, he ought to be moving into his prime, though a succession of serious knee injuries has repeatedly kept him on the sidelines in the past two seasons.

He’s arrived on a one year deal, and providing City have taken sensible precautions over the terms of his contract, it seems a reasonable punt on a player who’s spent plenty of time playing in the Premier League.

4 replies
  1. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    Clucas could be a very good signing. He scored 12? goals last season, albeit in League 1. Whereas, Robbie Brady scored 1. Prefer to see Andy Robertson getting into the box too, so although Brady is a loss and I wish him well, maybe Clucas will be a better fit, especially with Robertson on the left flank?
    Taylor has to be fit, with Livermore, Diame and Snodgrass all currently out.
    Anyone know what’s happening with Livermore?

  2. John
    John says:

    Ince, Brady and Chester gone with Elmohamady rumoured to be next. The Allams have taken in 20 million pounds so far but I bet that Bruce will only see a fraction of that for team building. It’s going to be a long hard winter and I predict us finishing no higher than mid table next year.

  3. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    Possibly John. However Bruce spent (wasted) £43M last summer and if I was the Chairman I would want to recoup some of that money. We still have an excellent defence but much more to fo in midfield and attack.
    I’d be gutted if Elmo left.
    5/1 for Huddersfield to beat us on the opening day!.

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